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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Disability Law Center Investigation Finds Massachusetts State Hospital At Fault For Death Of Patient

Disability Law Center Investigation Finds Bridgewater State Hospital At Fault For Death Of Patient

BOSTON, June 27, 2016 – The Disability Law Center (DLC) today recommended Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH) be placed into receivership until a long-range plan can be devised to transfer control of the facility from the state Department of Corrections (DOC) to the state Department of Mental Health (DMH).

Another Senseless Death at Bridgewater
“This case is the perfect storm of everything that's wrong with treating patients with mental illness at a correctional facility,” said Christine Griffin, DLC’s Executive Director. “Correctional officers and Massachusetts Partnership for Correctional Healthcare staff lack the ability to care for the patients who are sent there for treatment, not punishment. Until the Department of Mental Health has the sole responsibility for caring for Bridgewater State Hospital patients, nothing will change – and other patient deaths will certainly follow.”

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